Feature Film
Area of media:
Feature Film
Documentary clause for ACTRA; scale rates plus the 55% prepayment
May 25, 2022
First round of casting. Please submit by 05/25/22
Shooting starts:
June 10, 2022 Tween Wilfred in The Pas, June 10-13
Shooting finishes:
June 27, 2022 All other cast in Winnipeg various days June 16-27
Shooting locations:
Opaskwayak Cree Nation (The Pas), Manitoba and Winnipeg, Manitoba
Cities for response:
ONLY Submit actors for TWEEN WILFRED who are located in the The Pas OR willing to travel. Transportation supported by production. Please also see character breakdown for notes regarding AGES for each specified role.
Wilfred Buck centres on a Cree Elder, educator, author and ceremonial leader who’s been called the Indiana Jones of Indigenous star knowledge. Weaving together his sometimes-harrowing past and his present life with sky stories, we’ll explore colonization’s impact on Indigenous ways of knowing and what it means to respect “miswa” – all that is.

The dramatic re-enactments are without dialogue and will be set to narration adapted from Wilfred’s memoir. They are evocations of Wilfred’s younger life from the 1960s to the early 1980s.
Role typeRoleGender & Age range
PrincipalTWEEN WILFREDMale 12 - 14 Years old
INDIGENOUS (Cree, open to other Indigenous backgrounds) -

Wilfred has had to grow up quick in hard circumstances so he’s used to taking care of himself. He’s resourceful and sharp and pays attention to things like the survivor he is. He gets by through hiding his hurt (except when he’s alone) and showing the world his recklessness and humour. He believes he can outrun his troubles and get what he wants. He is on the verge of danger sometimes but mostly he’s having a good time being a juvenile delinquent. MANITOBA-WIDE CALL, however would ideally like to see submissions from the members of Opaskwayak Cree Nation. Please note we are only accepting submissions from those 12-14 however this character will be playing younger (11-13)
Role typeRoleGender & Age range
PrincipalADULT WILFREDMale 20 - 35 Years old
INDIGENOUS (Cree, open to other Indigenous backgrounds) -

Wilfred is from The Pas Manitoba and had his young years on the land and his youth in a tough Northern Manitoba town where he saw his family fall apart. He is a survivor, reckless but smart, a rolling stone who can’t stop. He’s always on the run from his demons and partying is how he escapes. It’s fun for a while, but then he takes the addiction train to the end of the tracks. Once he turns himself around, he must face his troubles. As he leans into the long road of healing, he finds that there is light on the other side of the darkness, as well as laughter and hope. | NATIONAL-WIDE OPEN CALL! | *This character may depict scenes that may be triggering to some including the use of alcohol.
Role typeRoleGender & Age range
PrincipalELDERMale 60 - 70 Years old
INDIGENOUS (Cree, open to other Indigenous backgrounds) -

A traditionally-raised Elder who’s seen it all and is compassionate but firm. This character meets Wilfred when he shows up at a ceremonial gathering in rough shape from his addictions, and shows Wilfred how to build a sweatlodge from scratch, gathering rocks and willows and showing him how to construct it. He has a quiet presence and leads by example.
Role typeRoleGender & Age range
PrincipalDAVE / Hitchhike DriverMale 20 - 35 Years old

Dave is a Northern Manitoba born and raised guy with a seasonal job in fishing who sells some drugs on the side. He’s easy-going and down to earth. He picks up Wilfred hitchhiking and knows him going back to their younger years.